Government update for Dec. 15

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Moffat County Commission

Last meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 15

Decisions:

• Approved, 3-0, the 2010 county budget.

That document includes projections for roughly $3.4 million less in government revenue compared to 2009, about a $2 million decrease in expenses and a plan to spend $1.4 million in county reserves.

Said another way, county government expects to collect 10.3 percent less revenue, spend 5.6 percent less on expenses and use 7.4 percent of its reserves to make up the difference.

For 2010, most of Moffat County’s spending cuts came from capital projects, such as equipment replacement, road projects and building maintenance.

One of the most difficult tasks in future budget meetings will be how to balance an estimated $8 million in needed capital projects in the next three years with funding daily services, Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner added.

• Approved, 3-0, a sixth-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in Moffat County.

The resolution bans such businesses from opening or operating for six months or until the Colorado Legislature creates a framework for dispensaries to operate under, whichever comes first.

The commission was confident that no dispensaries exist on county land because all county land is zoned agricultural.

To operate a dispensary in the county, a person would have to apply for a conditional use permit to run a commercial business in an agricultural zoning or apply for a zoning change.

The county’s decision will not affect a municipal ordinance about medical marijuana dispensaries passed last month by the Craig City Council because Craig is a home rule city.

The county’s resolution expressly permits medical marijuana cultivation for personal use. It only applies to commercial sales.

Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Agenda:

• 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

• 8:35 to 8:40 a.m. Consent agenda

— Approve Oct. 1 meeting minutes

— Warrant resolution

— Gasboy Software annual maintenance agreement for road and bridge department

— Conflict/Coverage Legal Service Agreement for Social Services

— HIPPA annual opt-out notice

— Proposed engineering fee schedule for 2010 FAA airport grant

— BMI local government entities license agreement

• 8:40 to 9 a.m. General discussion. Note the commission may discuss any topic relevant to county business, whether or not the topic has been specifically noted on this agenda.

— Phone conference with state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, regarding possessory interest tax legislation

• 9 to 9:15 a.m. DeLaine Brown and Bruce White

— Discuss ATV/OHV ordinances

• 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Fairgrounds, Bill Sixkiller

— Request adopting new rental fee and rules schedule for Fairgrounds Pavilion building

• 9:30 to 10 a.m. EMS Council, Dan Bingham

— EMS Council report

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